Thumbs up to promising partnership
To Ste. Michelle Wine Estates for pledging an additional $1 million to the Wine Science Center in Richland.
The partnership between the Port of Benton, Washington State University Tri-Cities, the city of Richland and the state's wine industry proves that it's possible to build for the future even in tough economic times.
Fundraising for the $23.25 million project has reached $10 million, nearly all of it from the wine industry. About $4 million more is needed before construction can start.
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Once completed, the facility will be the heart of WSU's viticulture and enology program.
The project promises to strengthen our community's ties to Washington's wine country and help this important industry reach its full potential. Everyone stands to benefit.
To a trio of eighth-graders at St. Patrick's School in Pasco for qualifying to compete in the national Future Cities competition in Crystal City, Va., later this month.
Sinead Thornhill, Hogan Jones and Rachel Armijo will pit their city design and engineering skills against other state winners from around the country. This is the second year in a row St. Patrick's team took the state title.
The students were charged with designing a city that generated power with minimal environmental impact.
Congratulations also to group instructor Katie Thornhill.
To the Northwest's wind farm industry for failing to jump at the Bonneville Power Administration's offer to cover half the cost of wind farms' lost revenue when the output from their turbines isn't needed.
There are times when BPA's dams are producing so much power that the wind farms aren't needed. We hate the idea of paying for nothing, since the costs fall on ratepayers.
It's as if a homeowner reduced his energy consumption but was forced by his utility to pay for the same amount of electricity. It's inherently unfair.
But the courts have ordered compensation for the wind farms. BPA's offer is more than fair and any reluctance on the industry's part looks like greed.
To the Westboro Baptist Church for threatening to disrupt the funeral service for two boys recently murdered in Graham.
On Friday, it looked as though church leader Fred Phelps Jr. had canceled the protest, but his attempt to exploit the funeral to advance his anti-gay message is reprehensible regardless.
Phelps had planned to picket Saturday's funeral for Charlie and Braden Powell who were killed when their father, Josh Powell, blew up his house during a supervised visit.
According to a message sent to tweet followers by Margie Phelps, daughter of the church's founder, the protest was intended to "remind" Gov. Chris Gregoire the boys "died because of her rebellion," a reference to her support of same-sex marriages.